New tour format
The European Tour will add a new Rolex Series, a select group of tournaments with a minimum purse of US$7 million. Seven tournaments were initially announced: the BMW PGA Championship, Irish Open, Scottish Open, Italian Open, Turkish Airlines Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge and DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. The Open de France was later announced as the eighth.
In addition, the European Tour will create an Access List, a season earning list excluding the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, the four World Golf Championships and the Rolex Series. The top three players in the provisional Access List will be invited to certain Rolex Series events. Also, the top 10 players in the Access List final standings will keep their European Tour cards for the next season. Meanwhile, the top 100 players in the Race to Dubai final standings will be given membership cards, instead of 110.
The table below shows the 2017 European Tour schedule which begins with two events in late 2016.
The following events, all team events, appear on the schedule, but do not carry official money.
|7 May||GolfSixes||England|| Denmark|
Lucas Bjerregaard & Thorbjørn Olesen
Race to Dubai
Since 2009, the European Tour's money list has been known as the "Race to Dubai". It is based on money earned during the season and is calculated in euro, with earnings from tournaments that award prize money in other currencies being converted at the exchange rate available the week of the event. The following table shows the final top-10 in the 2017 standings (earnings converted to points).
|10||Branden Grace||South Africa||15||2,252,135|
- Full list can be found here.
Golfer of the Month
The winners of the European Tour Golfer of the Month award:
|August||Julian Suri||United States|
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